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Poster: gratefuldiver Date: Apr 16, 2010 12:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Road Trip Blues

Absolutely not. I have no interest in listening to some COMPILATION of songs that happen to be from shows during the same month. I believe that a Grateful Dead show should be listened to as a show. No "best of", no skipping every Bobby song, etc. These are precious moments of history and deserve to be treated as such. Sure, there are people who prefer a 45-min Best of the Van Morrison to Astral Weeks or those who set their iPods to random rather than listen to OK Computer or Urban Hymns as they were meant to be heard. The liner notes to Lou Reed's New York have a very obvious statement but one that almost predicted the result of MP3 players and iPods. They say something to the effect of 'this album should be treated like a book or a film'. One wouldn't read a novel or watch a DVD skipping from chapter to chapter or scene to scene randomly, omitting some, going backward and forward. Why would one want to listen to some artificial 'concert' taking songs from three shows, putting 2nd set songs in the 1st'set, fusing a Scarlet Begonias from one show to a Fire on the Mountain from another? These musicians called the Grateful Dead are artists! Planned, improvised, or completely f*cked up...whatever came from the stage on any given night should be treated with reverence. To do otherwise is no different from a movie studio completely rewriting and re-shooting the final scene of a film to the writer/director's dismay or a publishing company's editor telling an author that his/her novel needs to be 50 pp shorter to be marketable. Diatribe over, Rhino sucks.